What to ask before booking a photo booth

Read this before booking any photo booth company!

Having a photo booth at weddings and other special events have grown in popularity and so does the amount of photo booth companies entering the market. For the consumer this is bad and good, you have a larger selection of services and price range but also means there are a lot more non-reputable companies entering the market. For instance a lot of DJ’s are now offering photo booth rentals at discounted prices if you book their DJ services. What happens when the photo booth goes down or paper needs to be changed, can they just walk away from playing music to fix the photo booth?  How much experience do they have with photography equipment? 

Wow, when I do an internet search for a photo booth company hundreds of them show up, how do I choose the right company? Well, to start off, cheaper is not always better, you want a vendor that will provide a quality product with a reasonable price.  After reviewing their websites you should narrow it down to 2-4 companies that serve your area and contact them through email or by telephone. Do they answer the phone when you call? How quickly do they respond to your message? That simply can tell you how good their customer service is.

Once you have contacted your company of choice here are some questions that should be asked.

  1. How long have they been in business?  You want to choose a company that has been in business for a few years, who has a good track record and has done several events.  You want to make sure they will be in business when your event day arrives.
  2. Do they have references?  A reputable company should be able to provide you with a list of past clients and what their past clients have to say about them. past client reviews
  3. Are they Licensed and Insured?  Most establishments and venues require vendors to carry insurance.
  4. Is there a contract? Will you receive a written contract that states both parties responsiblities?
  5. What kind of equipment do they use?  Do they use high quality professional grade equipment?  Touch screen interface for ease of operation.  Do they supply a slide show monitor for guests to view photos during the event? Stay away from companies that use inkjet printers and webcams.
  6. Do they have a back-up plan incase of equipment malfunction?  Will there be an attendant or photo booth technician to maintenance the photo booth if something goes wrong. Do they have back-up equipment?
  7. What types of packages do they offer and what is included?  Do they have a detailed list what is included in their packages, prop box, online gallery, memory book and how many prints will be printed.  A lot of companies only print 2 photo strips and 1 will go into the memory book,  make sure they will print a photo strip for everyone in the photo. Are there any hidden fees or travel fees?
  8. What does their photo booth look like?  You just spent thousands of dollars on a beautiful venue, you don’t want something that is going to be an eye sore to your guests.  Is the printer out of sight or is set on a table? 
  9. Do they provide early setup?  Your photo booth service may not start intill after dinner, do they setup early so there are no interruptions or do they setup during your dinner? Is your ceremony at the same venue and if so, do you have a photo booth during your cocktail hour?  You do not want your ceremony interrupted from someone setting up a photo booth.  Do they charge extra for early setup?

As stated above, the cheapest price may not be the best deal.  Now that you have gathered important facts and information about a few companies, you should now be able to choose which company is best for your Wedding or Special Event.

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2012 Northwest Indiana Bridal Expos and Shows

2011 was an exciting year and 2012 looks to be even better for Memories In Minutes. As we head into 2012 we have several bridal shows and expos that we will be attending, so come on out and visit 1 of our photo booths to see how exciting they really are. We will be at the following:, Indiana Bridal Spectacular at the Century Center in South Bend Indiana on January 8, 2012, Northwest Indiana Bridal Expo 2012 at the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso on January 15, 2012 and Bride Blu at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City Indiana on February 19, 2012. Not only do you get to meet local vendors but there are alot of prize giveaways and discounts given.

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Photo Booths At Holiday Parties

If you are looking for something new for your holiday party, well look no further.  Renting one of our photo booths will bring hours of entertainment and keepsakes that your employees will cherish forever.  We can create a holiday theme for the photo strips or even use your company logo.  We are currently taking reservations for holiday party photo booth rentals give us a call today…219.671.2988  312.650.9888

Holiday photo strip


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Photo Booth Companies In General

From time to time I will browse other photo booth companies from Chicago, Northwest Indiana, South Bend and Indianapolis to see how we compare.  Wow 90% or more of photo booth companies say “Unlimited Photo Strips”, but wait doesn’t that mean everyone should get a photo strip?  Well, when asked they simply tell you “we only print out 2 photo strips”, what if 8 people get into the photo booth, you can go in as many times as you would like and if you have a memory book 1 strip will go to the book.  So basically if you have a memory book a group of 7 people will only get 1 photo strip.  Some companies offer 2 sets of prints but me personally I think the photo booth is also a party favor and that everyone in the group should get a photo strip.  One more tip when researching other companies, find out if they include a memory book or do you have to pay extra because that could cost you another $100 – $200.  In the end that cheaper service could end up costing more than $1000 once you add in the memory book.

Memories In Minutes photo booth rentals offers unlimited photo strips of each photo booth session.  What that means is if a group of 10 people go into the photo booth everyone will receive a photo strip.  All of our photo booth packages come with the simple memory book. 


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